Around seven million Americans have permits to carry concealed weapons. And, obviously, these people need chic and effective ways to hide their guns. Today the New York Times is reporting on the somewhat unsettling trend of ‘concealed carry’ fashion.
Woolrich, an American heritage brand we know for great outerwear, pioneered the ‘concealed carry’ clothing trend with three t-shirts back in 2010. Now their Woolrich Elite concealed carry line has jackets, pants, and short-sleeved printed button downs. According to the Times, Woolrich says their concealed carry line is for the “fashion-aware gun owner.’ The paper spoke to 35-year-old gun owner and Woolrich fan Shawn Thompson who said, “I’m not James Bond or nothing, but these look pretty nice.”
Of course, Woolrich isn’t the only company looking to cash in on the increased demand for clothing that can hide guns. David Hagler, formerly of Nike and now at 5.11 Tactical, told the Times of their line, “What we’ve tried to do is create a collection of garments that allows the end user to have stylish lifestyle apparel but have features in the garment that enable them to carry a weapon and draw the weapon quickly.” Under Armor is also getting in on the game, since their moisture wicking fabric technology prevents weapons from rusting in sweat (which is apparently a problem).
The bigger question, of course, is why are more people than ever before carrying concealed weapons and needing special clothes to make sure those weapons stay concealed? The Times talked to gun experts who say “it is partly due to a changing political and economic climate — gun owners are professing to want a feeling of control” and laxer state laws are a contributing factor as well.
Is this trend disturbing to anyone else?